Hippo Joy

By Garrett Vickrey Isaiah 9:2-3 Nobody does joy like a toddler. And right now nothing makes my (almost) 2 year-old daughter, Zetta, happier than hippos. There is no place that Zetta is happier to be than at the zoo in the hippo exhibit standing in front of a giant glass wall where she can watch…

Listen and Run

By Paul Goodman Luke 2:11-14 In the darkness, an angel of God appeared to shepherds. They were terrified, but the angel told them not to be afraid and that a Savior had been born, a baby. A choir joined the angel. They sang praise to God and Peace to all who please God. I like…

Always with Us

By Mary Ellen Goree Isaiah 43:1-3 (Good News translation) Israel, the LORD who created you says, “Do not be afraid—I will save you. I have called you by name—you are mine. When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will…

The Reality of Peace

By Scott Blair Isaiah 11:6-9 I can remember a trip to the library one day in first grade. The librarian had planned a lesson about art and interpretation and that morning showed us, “The Peaceable Kingdom” by Quaker Edward Hicks painted about 1843. The librarian asked us questions about the various animals who would normally…

God’s Presence is Peace

By Karen Calhoun Philippians 4:4-7 Twenty-seven people were on the stand-by list at the flight gate when I arrived. I watched them return to the agent, time after time, fretting for the word that they were confirmed. And the departure time posted later and later. The agent’s face was calm, peaceful, encouraging and patient. Her…

Back to the Future

By Garrett Vickrey Isaiah 9:5-7 Shouldn’t that arrow up at the top of this page be facing the other way? Why would it say Return and then have an arrow pointing forward? Before we enter the Kingdom of Peace to which God is inviting us we must put aside our ways to enter The Way…